Noles Are Making A Move On Pensacola Standout

The second session of the Florida State camp didn't have a huge number of star athletes in attendance but there was one of the top defensive players in the state of Florida that made the short drive over from Pensacola to Tallahassee. How did it go for him?


"It went great," linebacker Jon Demps of Pensacola Washington said. "I got to meet with Coach Bobby Bowden on Tuesday. He told me that he was impressed with me and that he wants me to play for the Seminoles. He was very nice."

The Panhandle standout impressed the coaches with his size (6-foot-4 and 220 pounds) and speed (4.5.8/40). The feeling was mutual.

"I really liked Coach Steele," Demps said. "He's a good coach that knows how to motivate me in the right way. He doesn't use bad language or do a lot of yelling. He uses another path. I like the way Coach Andrews coaches the defense. He told me that he likes to rotate his players a lot."

Demps also got a chance to meet several current Seminole players.

"I already knew Buster Davis and Barry Wright," he said. "I also got to meet Leon Washington and A.J. Nicholson. They told me that if I wanted to win a National Championship and be a winner that I needed to join them. The players said they would like to teach me some things and that they would take me under their wings."

What kind of impact did the camp have on Demps' future?

"Basically Florida State is in the lead big now," he said. "I felt comfortable there and it's close to home. I need to check out LSU and Florida before I make a decision. I might go see Miami but I'm not sure because of the distance."

Demps told The Territory.org that he will take his official trips after the season and decide shortly after that.

One advantage the LSU Tigers have over the Noles is that Demps' older brother (Willie) is a sophomore on the football team.

"My mother and sister want me to go to LSU," he said. "You know women. They want their men to stay together. My dad wants me to go where I'm happy. If I go to LSU there will be a couple of years that he won't be there."

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